Oct. 2, 1916 – Aug. 3, 2013
Joseph J. Schoellkopf, a U.S. Army captain who served in World War II and worked for the U.S. Postal Service, died Saturday in hospice care at Mercy Hospital. He was 96.
Mr. Schoellkopf grew up in South Buffalo and graduated from South Park High School in 1934. He received a full scholarship to Canisius College but chose instead to take a job at the post office, where he eventually became an inspector and supervisor. He retired 38 years ago.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army following the attack on Pearl Harbor and served as a lieutenant in the 87th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Division during the Battle of the Bulge.
He was promoted to captain before the end of the war.
In addition to working at the post office, Mr. Schoellkopf was an usher at Buffalo Bills, Sabres and Bisons games and served as a vice president of the Building Services Employees Union.
He also worked for several years as a supervisor for Western New York Regional Off-Track Betting.
His wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Reilly Schoellkopf, died in 2004.
Survivors include three sons, Joseph Jr., William and Thomas, and three daughters, Carol Connors, Mary Schoellkopf and Patricia St. James.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.